Taught course

Nursing/Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Kingston University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Entry requirements

  • A health or science-related degree is preferred at 2.2 or above. Health and science-related degrees could include health studies, psychology, physiology, biology, social sciences, or related studies to the above.
  • A minimum of 500 hours health or social care related experience. Applicants will be asked to complete an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) claim form to demonstrate the achievement of 500 hours. Successful achievement of this form, along with a testimony, are conditions for entry to the programme.
  • You must have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017), including English language and, maths (and a science subject is preferred), or equivalent qualifications, together with evidence of academic study, ideally within the last five years.
  • Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 or above (formerly grade C) (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent.
  • Experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred. Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview and selection day. The UCAS personal statement must include:
    • how you have researched the profession of nursing;
    • examples of how you have worked with vulnerable people or worked in teams where you have developed skills which may be relevant to nursing;
    • how you have gained insight into the course eg open days, speaking to other people; and
    • your personal qualities which you feel are related to nursing. Candidates called for interview will be required to sit both numeracy and literacy test; The numeracy test focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, 24-hour clock and conversions of weights/measures eg grams to milligrams. The literacy test is an essay and a comprehension test based on a case study.
    • Interviews will be undertaken by academic members of staff, service users and service-side colleagues using the multi-mini interview technique (MMIs). MMIs are competency-based short structured interviews; similar in format to the OSCEs used to assess practice elements of the programme. Kingston and St George's were the first university to introduce MMIs for nursing, which have now been adopted widely across the country. Research has shown that the MMIs have a higher level of validity in the offer making process than traditional interview techniques.

Months of entry


Course content

Choose Kingston's Mental Health Nursing MSc.

  • This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Our partnership with the South West London Recovery College offers you the opportunity to learn from and with mental health service users.
  • Our mental health ward simulations received the Nursing Times Award in 2012 and 2015 for 'Innovation in mental health teaching'.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective module at the end of your first year. In the UK, students have worked at a wide range of settings.
  • Members of the academic team have edited and contributed to Core Texts including - Gault I et al. (2017) Communication in Nursing and Health Care (2017) and Chambers M (ed) (2017) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; The Craft of Caring.

About mental health nursing

The focus of mental health nursing is on the person, who is placed at the centre of care. Mental health nurses work in partnership with people to enable them to identify strategies for coping and overcoming their illness. The focus of mental health nursing is on recovery enabling the person to attain a desired quality of life. Mental health nurses work to challenge out of date views regarding mental illness and help service users cope with the stigma that is still present in today's society.

What will you study?

Mental health nursing is underpinned by the notion of 'recovery', and you work collaboratively with service users to build on their strengths and manage their problems to encourage the best quality of life.

The first year is divided into two parts. In part one you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare for a graduate nurse. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to mental health nursing.

In your second year (part three) you will learn about the analysis and application of research and evidence base, the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 or above (formerly grade C) (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

For more information please see: Fees and bursaries.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
+44 (0)20 8417 5735